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5 Facts You Need To Know To Understand, Navigate And Enjoy The Digital Brain Health Revolution

Hun­dreds of com­pa­nies around the globe, now includ­ing Elon Musk’s Neu­ralink and even Face­book,  are research­ing and devel­op­ing new ways to help brain own­ers be smarter, sharp­er, and health­i­er.

What explains this flur­ry of activ­i­ty? Where may it be head­ed?

To help you under­stand what’s going on, let me high­light five key facts that emerged from the recent Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit.

 

Fact 1. There are 7.5 billion human brains out there, and everyone needs help

Con­sid­er all unmet needs derived from the tra­di­tion­al phar­ma-exclu­sive approach to brain health.

Learn­ing and cog­ni­tive dis­abil­i­ties in chil­dren are grow­ing sig­nif­i­cant­ly, from ADHD and OCD, to autism. The relat­ed emo­tion­al and eco­nom­ic bur­den is sub­stan­tial — yet, over 60–70% of those with treat­ment have poor out­comes, and many who need help don’t get any.

Glob­al­ly, around 350 mil­lion peo­ple suf­fer from depres­sion. Add to that sub­stance abuse, and we are talk­ing hun­dreds of mil­lions of peo­ple with­out prop­er care and very high relapse rates for the lucky ones get­ting help.

Con­cus­sions and brain impair­ments per­vade through mil­lions of vet­er­ans and high-con­tact sports prac­ti­tion­ers, yet diag­no­sis and treat­ments are elu­sive.

And let’s not for­get the per­fect­ly healthy. Read the rest of this entry »

Four reasons the future of brain health is digital, pervasive and bright

Hun­dreds of com­pa­nies and sci­ence labs around the globe are research­ing the inner work­ings of the human brain and mind, and devel­op­ing new ways to help brain own­ers be smarter, sharp­er, and health­i­er for longer.

What explains this flur­ry of activ­i­ty? Read the rest of this entry »

Witnessing an explosion of consumer-facing neurotechnologies to (potentially) harness lifelong neuroplasticity

Last week I shared some key sci­en­tif­ic, tech­no­log­i­cal and invest­ment trends rev­o­lu­tion­iz­ing Brain Health, based on my par­tic­i­pa­tion at the 2016 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit, and promised a sec­ond arti­cle more focused on the tech­nol­o­gy side of things.

Here it is 🙂

Just a few weeks after the Sharp­Brains Sum­mit I also attend­ed CES 2017. While I enjoyed the myr­i­ad emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies –autonomous vehi­cles, robot­ics, drones, aug­ment­ed and vir­tu­al real­i­ty head­sets, voice acti­vat­ed every­thing– I was most­ly struck by a firm named Halo Neu­ro­science. They have a fas­ci­nat­ing wear­able prod­uct, Halo Sport, claim­ing to accel­er­ate gains in strength, explo­sive­ness, endurance, and mus­cle mem­o­ry, improv­ing the brain’s response to ath­let­ic train­ing. It uses tDCS (tran­scra­nial direct cur­rent stim­u­la­tion), essen­tial­ly prim­ing move­ment-relat­ed cir­cuits of the brain to become more recep­tive to stim­uli, help­ing the brain wire in the prac­tice for improved future response.

The cutting edge of applied neuroplasticity

Both con­fer­ences allowed me to see the cut­ting edge of Read the rest of this entry »

Personalize brain health and enhancement combining new imaging methods and human/ artificial intelligence

What kind of one-time or ongo­ing brain assess­ments can help pin­point indi­vid­ual needs, and what role will intel­li­gent assis­tants, human coach­es and experts play in offer­ing and sup­port­ing per­son­al­ized care?

  • Chair: Nikhil Sri­ra­man, IP Ana­lyst at Sharp­Brains
  • Mar­garet Moore, Co-Founder of the Insti­tute of Coach­ing at McLean Hos­pi­tal
  • Ruth Poli­akine Baruchi, CEO of Myn­dY­ou
  • Ron Ober­leit­ner, CEO of Behav­ior Imag­ing Solu­tions

These pre­sen­ta­tions took place at the 2016 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit: Rein­vent­ing Brain Health in the Dig­i­tal Age (Decem­ber 6–8th, 2016).

ANNOUNCEMENT: Initial Speakers for 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (Dec. 6–8th) — Reinventing Brain Health in the Digital Age

2016sharpbrainssummit_logoWe’re thrilled to announce the first round of speak­ers at the upcom­ing 2016 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit (Decem­ber 6–8th). More to come…stay tuned! (and reg­is­ter soon to ben­e­fit from ear­ly-bird rates)

We can’t wait to dis­cuss the lat­est work and insights from…

  • Dr. Ali­son Fen­ney, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Neu­rotech­nol­o­gy Indus­try Orga­ni­za­tion
  • Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, CEO of Sharp­Brains
  • Dr. Bob Bilder, Chief of Med­ical Psy­chol­o­gy & Neu­ropsy­chol­o­gy at UCLA
  • Dr. Bri­an Iacoviel­lo, Direc­tor of Sci­en­tif­ic Affairs at Click Ther­a­peu­tics
  • Char­lie Hartwell, Oper­at­ing Part­ner at The Bridge Builders Col­lab­o­ra­tive
  • Derek Luke, CEO of Inter­aX­on
  • Dr. Eddie Mar­tuc­ci, CEO of Akili Inter­ac­tive Labs
  • Dr. Eliz­a­beth Zelin­s­ki, Direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Dig­i­tal Aging at the Davis School of Geron­tol­ogy
  • Jes­si­ca Poulin, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of the Arrow­smith Pro­gram
  • Dr. Ken­neth Kosik, Co-Direc­tor of the Neu­ro­science Research Insti­tute at UC-San­ta Bar­bara
  • Mar­garet Moore, Co-Founder of the Insti­tute of Coach­ing at McLean Hos­pi­tal
  • Michael Meagher, Pres­i­dent of Cog­nic­i­ti
  • Dr. Peter White­house, Pro­fes­sor of Neu­rol­o­gy at Case West­ern Reserve Uni­ver­si­ty
  • Rita Carter, Sci­ence writer and BBC Con­trib­u­tor
  • Ruth Poli­akine Baruchi, CEO of Myn­dY­ou
  • Dr. Sarah Banks, Head of Neu­ropsy­chol­o­gy at the Cleve­land Clin­ic Lou Ruvo Cen­ter for Brain Health
  • Dr. Tej Tadi, CEO of Mind­Maze

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